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    How can subfolders/directories be created within an A5 app using variables (date) as the name of the folder? These subdirectories will be used to received processed information from operations/action scripts.
    Thank you.

  • #2
    RE: Create data folders/directories


    The xbasic manual covers how this is done using dir_create(). I don't see that this is avaialble in action scripting. You will also have to convert the variable to a character value. Another issue is folder names that start with a number. This has caused some problems and should be avoided.

    Here is one method to get what you want. Assume that the date is saved in a date variable called "save_date". First create a character variable and populate it with the value of the date. I would suggest some format that will put the folders in date order and adds a character to the beginning

    dim dir_name as c

    dir_name = "A"+alltrim(cdate(save_date)

    Now you have to add a path to the new variable. Lets say the path you want is

    "C:\my documents\backup"

    Since the backslash is a continuation character, we will add the ascii value for the backslash

    dir_name = "C:\my documents\backup"+chr(92)+dir_name

    Now create the directory (folder)


    This will create an error if the "C:\my documents\backup" folder does not exist, so you may have to create it first.



    • #3
      RE: Create data folders/directories

      also check out dir_create_recurse()


      • #4
        RE: Create data folders/directories

        This question is the perfect example of how alpha needs to update all the manuals. Please do so. If you need we will all end $5 to you and presto you will have enough money for this to be done.


        • #5
          RE: Create data folders/directories


          The function dir_create() has been around since at least version A5V4 or earlier. The Function dir_create_recurse() was added in build 1354_1021 of V5 and is covered in the release notes. Both are well covered in the documentation. Recreating the complete documentation for every build would be cost prohibitive for even the other company, Micr----

          There are well over 1000 pages of documentation and when that fails, there is always this message board.



          • #6
            RE: Create data folders/directories

            Thank you for your time and thoughful assistance. I will follow your instructions and implement.
            Much appreciated.


            • #7
              RE: Create data folders/directories

              Thank you for the advice.